Spain have been playing rugby since the late 1920s, playing their first international against Italy in 1929. Since then, rugby in the country has steadily grown and in 1999 the national team qualified for their first Rugby World Cup. Despite not winning a match, Spanish rugby grew, and the national team is now considered one of the stronger European nations outside the Six Nations Championship. Spain occupies the third tier in Europe, behind Romania and Georgia. Since forming a partnership with Canterbury last year, Spain has continued to develop not only in the 15s version of the game, but has also in sevens. Having won a qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in 2012, the national team will be added by the IRB to the group of ‘core teams’. And from the 20212/13 season, they will be competing with the top international sevens sides.